For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017

Media Contact:  Sandi Poreda, APR
850.766.1906 /

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today kicked off its Annual Mid-Winter Conference and Training Exposition in Orlando. The conference features training sessions with experts on making split second decisions, building an exemplary policy agency and communicating effectively with communities, among other timely topics.

“Our police chiefs face new and difficult challenges on a regular basis” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, President of the FPCA. “As police chiefs, we have to evolve, we have pursue professionalism and we have to be the best leaders of our agencies. This conference is designed to provide the resources and training to make strong leadership possible.”

Orlando Chief of Police John Mina and Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie will each host sessions discussing the tragic situations their departments faced this year, what helped their agencies survive and valuable lessons for the future. Vendor training will be provided on doing business with a Florida public entity, covering vendor responsibilities under Florida’s public records laws.

The FPCA also announced new membership benefits at the conference, including an online Career Center to provide members information and guidelines for career development and advancement.

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the third largest state police chiefs association in the United States. It is composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state. For more information about the FPCA, visit

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